LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – It’s National Groundwater Week, and because of the future flooding we will endure, local health officials stress well owners must test, tend, and treat their well annually.
Contaminated floodwater can seep into the earth, sending bacteria and viruses into fresh groundwater. The theme for groundwater awareness is “Think,” about ways to conserve water, for example, turning the faucet off when brushing your teeth.
Health officials remind the public that farmers rely on groundwater for irrigation to grow the food we eat, another big reason to monitor water use.
“Think about the ‘Think Again,’ think about what you are going to do, think about what we can prevent, or what we can preserve, groundwater, or our natural resources,” said Maichor Lee, Health Educator at La Crosse County Health Department.
Lee said, during flooding, she suggests people should have emergency phone numbers/emergency food and water supply that will last a family for 72 hours.